The head of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Alexander Zhukov expressed the opinion that the decision of the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on admission to the Olympic games in Pyeongchang Russian athletes with significant restrictions were made under pressure. About this politician told the TV channel “Russia 1”.
“I understand that the pressure on the IOC enormous on the part of our opponents. I can say that 19 countries in Rio wrote it. And now, athletes, professionals, journalists from different countries exert strong pressure on the IOC,” said Zhukov.
According to the head of the ROC, Russia is at a disadvantage compared to athletes from other countries. “Here, 18-year-old Zhenya Medvedev or 15-year-old skater Alina Sagitova were kids, when Rodchenkov teammates were doing. Why should they be held responsible for the sins of others?” he added.
December 5, the IOC suspended the national team of Russia from participation in the Olympic games in 2018 for anti-doping rule violations. To perform in South Korea’s Pyeongchang will be able to only athletes who have proven its “purity”. 12 Dec Olympic meeting unanimously supported the decision of the Russian athletes to participate in the Games in 2018 under the neutral flag.
Olympic games in South Korea’s Pyeongchang will be held from 9 to 25 February 2018.
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